Waves Travel To Lions Cup

Jan. 10, 2018

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team continues their season at the Lions Cup in Los Angeles, Calif., hosted by LMU.

MEET 7: Lions Cup | Jan. 12-13 | Los Angeles, Calif. (Burns Recreation Center)

EVENT INFO: The Waves head to Los Angeles to compete in the Lions Classic, hosted by LMU. Teams competing are Pepperdine, LMU, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Dixie State.

COVERAGE: Full results and a recap of all the action will be posted to PepperdineWaves.com following the completion of competition. Follow the team on Twitter (@WavesSwimDive) for updates as well.

THE ROAD AHEAD: The Waves next team event will be the PCSC Time Trials on Jan. 27 in Malibu.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Freshman Amy Griffin grabbed PCSC Athlete of the Week honors after she turned in three outstanding swims against San Diego State to open the year. Griffin won the 100 free, out-touching SDSU by .1, with a time of :53.72. She also helped her team to a second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay (1:51.26) with a split of :24.26, and, in the 50 free, Griffin placed second (by .09) swimming a :25.27. Julia Sneden earned the honor on Nov. 8 after she was the Waves’ top scorer in their meet with Cal Poly on Nov. 4. The junior had a personal best 50 fly in her split of the 400-medley relay with a time of :25.19, helping the team to a second place finish. She also had season best times in the 100 fly, with a :57.43 in her split of the 400-medley relay, and the 200 fly with a time of 2:12.33. Taylor Basin was the third Wave on the year to earn Athlete of the Week honors on December 6. Basin placed 2nd in the 3 meter dive with a personal best 187.27 and 4th 218.10 in the 1-meter dive.

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LAST YEAR: The Waves had another successful year in the pool last season competing in 10 events which included four dual meets and six invites. Pepperdine hosted its annual Malibu Invitational and the PCSC Time trials, as well as dual meets against San Diego State and Georgetown. At the PCSC Championships, the Waves grabbed a fourth-place finish for the second year in a row. It was also the team’s third Top 5 finish in the last four years. Eight Waves earned All-PCSC first team honors at the meet and 14 others earned All-PCSC honorable mention.

THE ROSTER: Pepperdine boasts 40 athletes on this year’s roster, giving the Waves the largest team ever under Coach Rodionoff. The roster includes 28 returning student-athletes and 12 are newcomers to the team. The Waves boast four seniors on this year’s squad and a robust 14 juniors. Still the bulk of the squad is made up of 22 underclassmen. The program’s last three recruiting classes have been made up of at least 12 student-athletes, including the team’s largest ever with 17 two years ago, giving the squad more depth than it has ever had in recent memory. Of the newcomers, six are from out of state.

MOSBAUGH ON STAFF: All-time Pepperdine swimming great Jessica Mosbaugh on staff as an assistant coach with the Waves, heading into her second season this year. Mosbaugh graduated in 2015, finishing her time in Malibu with three PCSC titles and four Pepperdine records. She posted one of the most impressive careers in program history, graduating with Pepperdine records in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.57), 100 breaststroke (1:02.26), 200 butterfly (2:05.62) and 200 IM (2:05.23). Mosbaugh also won individual PCSC titles in the 200 breaststroke in 2014 and 2015, and won the 100 breaststroke title in 2016. Mosbaugh still owns 17 top five Pepperdine times in seven different events, including two relays.

Nick Rodionoff: Head coach Nick Rodionoff is now in his 18th season at the helm of the Pepperdine swimming and diving program ... Rodionoff has guided the Waves to 13 top-five finishes at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference Championships, including a tied-for-program-best second place result in 2008 ... He was elected PCSC Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2009 ... Rodionoff has guided a total of five women to 11 conference titles and four to six NCAA Championship berths ... Rodionoff’s swimmers own 13 school records in 21 possible events and have recorded 85 of Pepperdine’s 105 all-time fastest marks ... He first came onto the Pepperdine scene in 1974 to coach the men’s diving team ... Prior to coming to Malibu, Rodionoff served as the diving coach to nearby UCLA from 1964-74 ... He has been inducted into the International Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame, as well as the National High School Coaches Hall of Fame following a 33-year run at Birmingham High School, where he also taught ... Rodionoff is the only coach in the United States to have coached national champions in both swimming and diving and also guided the women’s national relay team to a 200 freestyle record ... He was the 1999 recipient of the Fred A. Cady Memorial Coaches Award.

ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY: Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men’s sports – one of just 18 schools to have accomplished this feat – and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that’s given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation’s most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #46 overall on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s best colleges.



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